Juneau Commission on Sustainability


The Duties of JCOS

To coordinate, propose, and promote sustainability initiatives among residents, businesses, government, and non-governmental agencies and educational organizations through education and outreach programs.

To make recommendations to the Juneau Assembly and CBJ Boards and Commissions on policies and programs that promote sustainability.

To research and apply for grants or other funds or gifts from public or private agencies for the purpose of carrying out any of the provisions or purposes of this resolution.

To serve as an advisory group to the CBJ in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to target levels as adopted by the CBJ Assembly.

To act as liaison between the public and the CBJ Assembly on sustainability related issues.

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History, Mission and Members

The Assembly created the Juneau Commission on Sustainability (JCOS) in 2007, with the current governing directives found in Resolution 2755. The mission of the JCOS is to promote the economic, social, environmental, and governmental well-being of Juneau and all its inhabitants, now and in the future.

The 9-member commission consists of nine public members, appointed by the Assembly, plus one member of the Assembly, and one Planning Commissioner.

The current Commissioners are:
Gretchen Keiser, Chair
Steve Behnke
Duff Mitchell
James Powell
David Teal
Marian Call
Jessie Barker
Nick Waldo
Laura Achee
Nina Keller, Planning Commission Liaison
Maria Gladziszewski, Assembly Liaison

The CBJ Staff Liaison is Denise Koch, Deputy Director of the Engineering & Public Works Department. Direct all inquiries about JCOS to her at 907.586.0800 ext. 4182

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Energy Use in Juneau

The majority of Juneau’s energy comes from fossil fuels; however, almost all of Juneau’s electricity is produced by hydropower, a renewable resource.

Pie charts illustrating energy sources and usage in Juneau. Sources = Fossil Fuel/77%, Electricity/20%, Wood/3%; Usage = Transportation/43%, Heating/21%, Mining/8%, Misc./28%

Juneau has recognized that continued dependence upon fossil fuels is not desirable.  As a result, the CBJ has developed a Climate Action Plan and the Juneau Renewable Energy Strategy (JRES).  The Assembly supported these actions through Resolution 2593 and Resolution 2808.

The Juneau Renewable Energy Strategy

In February 2018, the CBJ Assembly adopted the JRES  through Resolution 2808.  The JRES recommends four primary strategies to achieve the 80% renewable energy goal.  These include:

  1. CBJ Energy Management: Implement a CBJ energy management program to make the organization a leader in energy efficiency and adoption of renewable energy.
  2. Heating: Reduce Juneau’s dependence on fossil fuels for space heating.
  3. Transportation and Electric Vehicles: Reduce Juneau’s dependence on fossil fuels for transportation.
  4. Renewable Energy Supply: Support efforts to provide new renewable energy supplies for Juneau.

CBJ Energy Management

The CBJ spends about $8 million per year on energy. Adopting a formal energy management program, including tracking energy use and costs, implementing energy efficiency best practices, and implementing the recommendation of energy audits could result in substantial savings. Consolidating the CBJ vehicle fleet and converting to electric vehicles is another area of potentia